Somerset Women cricket team
First recorded match: 1961
mainly North Perrott CC Ground
The Somerset Women's cricket team is the women's representative cricket team for the English ceremonial county of Somerset. Having twice finished as Women's County Championship Division Two Champions—in 2004 and 2005—and once as Division Two runners-up—in 2008—they currently play in Division One.
- County Championship: Division Two Champions (2) – 2004, 2005
- County Championship: Division Two Runners-up (1) – 2008
The first match that is recorded as being played by 'Somerset Women' was contesting in 1961, when the Somerset side hosted the Women's Cricket Association (WCA) at the British Cellophane Ground in Bridgwater. The WCA were at the time the women's equivalent of the MCC. The one-day, single-innings match was drawn with the WCA 1 run behind the total set by Somerset, with two wickets remaining. After this match there are no more recorded until Somerset's entrance into the Women's County Championship in 2000. In previous years, the teams competing in the Women's County Championship had not corresponded directly with the men's counties sides, with East Midlands and Thames Valley among the teams that represented areas covering two or more counties. For the 2000 season, these teams no longer competed, being replaced instead with specific county sides. West of England women (sometimes just West women) became Somerset women. For their first season under their new guise, Somerset competed in Division Two of the championship, finishing third (out of six).
Having done so in the 2000 season, Kath Wilkins continued as Somerset captain in 2001, when the club once again finished third in Division Two. Hannah Lloyd took over the captaincy for 2002, a season which saw Somerset drop to fourth in Division Two, where they remained in 2003. The following season saw an upturn in the club's fortunes, as they finished top of Division Two, winning four of their five matches. The Australian, Jenny Wallace, finished with the competition's highest batting average, 121.00, making a highest-score of 93*, as she shared a partnership of 155 with her captain, Lloyd, in a 47 run victory over Middlesex. In addition to her part in that partnership, Lloyd had a successful season with the ball, taking 11 wickets in the competition, second only to Berkshire's Heather Booth. Due to a reshuffle of the divisions, Somerset remained in a four-team Division Two for 2005, and once again finished as champions. Somerset finished fourth of four in their first season in Division One during 2006, seeing them move straight back down to Division Two the following season. After a third-placed finish in 2007, Somerset finished as runners-up in 2008, enough to see them move into a newly expanded Division One for 2009.
With a young squad for 2009, the county targeted stability under new captain Steph Davies, settling for remaining in the top division. The bowlers performed consistently well throughout the season, although Anya Shrubsole suffered an injury which saw her miss much of the season. In contrast, the batting was troubled, with late partnerships frequently saving Somerset from trouble. A pair of wins early in the season against Surrey and Berkshire helped the county to secure their target, eventually finishing in fourth, behind Kent, Sussex and Nottinghamshire.
Based on appearances in the 2010 season. Players in bold have international caps.
|Name||Nat||Birth date||Batting Style||Bowling Style||Notes|
|Steph Davies||21 October 1987||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||Club captain|
|Elwyn Campbell||26 January 1977||Right-handed||—|
|Moira Comfort||20 September 1985||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Beth Howe||24 April 1989||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace||Wicket-keeper|
|Jackie Hawker||21 February 1981||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Sophie Le Marchand||2 October 1988||Right-handed||—||Wicket-keeper|
|Sophie Luff||6 December 1993||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Kate Randall||28 January 1994||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|Emily Robinson||22 January 1993||Right-handed||—||Wicket-keeper|
|Anya Shrubsole||7 December 1991||Right-handed||Right arm medium pace|
|Lauren Shrubsole||16 October 1993||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
|Charlie Voden||13 July 1992||Right-handed||Right arm off break||Wicket-keeper|
|Izzy Westbury||8 March 1990||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|Frances Wilson||7 November 1991||Right-handed||Right arm off break|
|Jenny Withers||Unknown||Right-handed||Right arm leg break|
Inclusion is granted to any Somerset player who has been the club's official captain or made international appearances.
- Sarah Collyer (2001–2002) – Played 7 Tests and 25 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for England
- Steph Davies (2001–present) – Captained the side from 2009 onwards, played 4 ODIs for England
- Janet Godman (2000–2003) – Played 2 Tests and 7 ODIs for England
- Laura Harper (2000–2006) – Played 6 Tests and 25 ODIs for England
- Jackie Hawker (2000–present) – Played 1 Test and 7 ODIs for England
- Hannah Lloyd (2000–2009) – Captained the side from 2002 to 2008, played 5 ODIs for England
- Anya Shrubsole (2009–present) – Played 10 ODIs and 23 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for England
- Izzy Westbury (2007–present) – Played 1 ODI for Netherlands
- Kath Wilkins (2000–2003) – Captained the side in 2000 and 2001, played 3 ODIs for England
- Fran Wilson (2006–present) – Played 2 ODIs and 5 T20Is for England
- Katharine Winks (2000) – Played 7 ODIs for England
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- Wyatt, Julian, "Somerset Women's Report 2009", in Walsh, Richard, Somerset County Cricket Club Yearbook 2009/10, Somerset County Cricket Club, p. 188
- "LV Women's County Championship 2009 Division One Table". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2010-06-15.